Radeon RX 6400 Miniature GPUs Hit Retail

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One of the indisputable strengths of AMD’s Radeon RX 6400 graphics cards is their low power consumption, allowing GPU manufacturers to build miniature cards. This is indeed an advantage because most single-slot low-profile graphics cards on the market today are either intended for professional applications or are obsolete. Perhaps that’s why GPU makers are jumping on the Radeon RX 6400 bandwagon.

Sapphire Technology partners were among the first to leak details about the company’s upcoming Pulse Radeon RX 6400 single-slot low-profile graphics card, but Sapphire won’t be alone with a miniature card based on the unit. Navi 24 graphics processing, as we already know. . Apparently, XFX is also readying a single-slot low-profile Swift 105 Radeon RX 6400 graphics card for the retail/channel market, VideoCardz reports.

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The XFX Swift 105 card features 4GB of 64-bit GDDR6 memory, two display outputs and a PCIe 4.0 x4 (x16 mechanical/electrical) interface. While the box of the card bears XFX’s “Play Hard” moniker, the Radeon RX 6400 is clearly not designed for serious gaming and will barely handle outdated titles that aren’t hungry for graphical punch. The card also does not support video encoding and AV1 decoding, so multimedia enthusiasts may want to avoid Navi 24.

Still, the main advantage of XFX’s Swift 105 is its compatibility with virtually any system with a PCIe x16 slot (keep in mind that when installed in a PCIe Gen3 machine, card performance may be lower due to limited PCIe bandwidth) as well as driver support that will continue for a few years down the road. On the other hand, obsolete products like AMD’s Radeon RX 550 or Nvidia’s GeForce GT 730 are deprecated, so support is not guaranteed.

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So far, we only know of the low-profile, single-slot Radeon RX 6400 graphics cards from Sapphire and XFX. Maybe other manufacturers will follow. Meanwhile, since most desktop PCs can house dual-slot Mini-ITX graphics cards, several GPU manufacturers are planning to offer such products. ASRock, Biostar and MSI are among them. These cards will feature 4GB of memory, dual display outputs, a single-fan cooling system, and lack extra power connectors, making them compatible with even the cheapest OEM desktops.

Meanwhile, Asus is readying its Dual Radeon RX 6400 4G (Dual-RX6400-4G) graphics card with two fans and presumably factory overclocking. While the performance of this product remains to be seen, we doubt this card will offer performance on par with the best gaming graphics cards available today (after all, AMD’s Navi 24 GPU was primarily designed for PCs). laptops). ), so we do not know why to install a relatively expensive cooler on such a device.

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